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HLAA Members Surveyed About Hearing Aid Prices: An Interview with Abram Bailey, AuD, Founder of Hearing Tracker

On June 20, Hearing Tracker published a thought-provoking survey. The focus of the survey was hearing aid prices. Abram Bailey, AuD, founder of Hearing Tracker and one of the creators of this survey, agreed to an interview with HHTM. Readers can view the survey here.    BT: Hello, Abram. Thanks for your time today. You…

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Apple Announces More Enhancements to AirPods

Recently, Apple announced the imminent arrival of its new iOS 12 operating system, which they plan to release in the fall. With iOS 12, Apple’s AirPods can use their “Live Listen” assistive hearing technology to turn the AirPods into an amplification device. The “Live Listen” feature has been available since 2014 on compatible Made For…

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HHTM Hearing News Round-up: This Week’s Notable Stories

With so much news happening to report on, this week we bring you a synopsis of timely news items that may be of interest:   Age-related Hearing Loss Continues to be a Huge Burden   An online report from The US Burden of Disease Collaborators, recently published by JAMA, indicated age-related hearing loss continues to…

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Hearing Aids Slow Down Cognitive Decline, Says New JAGS Study

The relationship between cognitive ability and hearing aid use in older adults has drawn considerable interest over the past several years for obvious reasons:  Many nations around the world are coping with a growing aging population, along with many of the consequences that accompany it. Hearing loss and cognitive decline being two of the common…

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Hearing Enablement, Teleaudiology and Self-Fitting Hearing Aids: More Patient Choices in Hearing Healthcare

In part 1 of this email exchange between Elaine Saunders and Brian Taylor, Dr. Saunders shared her thoughts on self-fitting hearing aids and how her company, Blamey Saunders Hears, is shaping the future of hearing healthcare. In part 2, they discuss the integration of tele-audiology with traditional face-to-face care, and how the combination of the…

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The Future is Now: A Conversation about Self-Fitting Hearing Aids with Elaine Saunders

In the hearing healthcare field, there is a lot of talk about disruptive innovation, but very few individuals have put disruption into practice. One such person is Elaine Saunders, a renowned hearing scientist, award winning entrepreneur and founder of Blamey Saunders Hears, an Australian company that manufacturers hearing aids sold on-line, directly to consumers Brian…

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New Study Examines Why Americans Pay More for Healthcare

The blanket term used to describe hearing instrument specialists, audiologists and even otolaryngologists is hearing healthcare professional.  As the term implies, each of these professions is part of the greater healthcare sector of the economy. Hence, a recent study examining the drivers of cost in the American healthcare system should be of interest to everyone…

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UPDATE: Walgreen’s Hearing Re-emerges with Two Twin City Locations

In what appeared to be an unsuccessful “proof of concept” project  in 2015 between Walgreens and Sonova, a similar venture, this time involving Starkey, is underway inside two Walgreen’s locations in the Twin Cities. Similar to CVS, which has been opening hearing aid center locations throughout the US for more than a year, Walgreen’s appears…

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Untruthful on the Stand? Some of Austin’s Testimony Struck from Record in Starkey Trial

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — The $20 million embezzlement trial involving former Starkey executives took yet another twist this week when U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim ruled Tuesday that Starkey Laboratories owner Bill Austin perjured himself at least once in his testimony earlier in the trial. The testimony in question, regarding the perjury allegations against Austin,…

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Northland Hearing Centers Become Focus of Starkey Trial; Defense Counters with Allegations of Misdeeds

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — The former Starkey Chief Financial Officer, Scott Nelson, took the stand for two days of testimony on February 16th and 19th in the $20 million federal fraud trial in Minneapolis. Jerry Ruzicka, Starkey’s former president; ex-human resources head Larry Miller; and former business associates W. Jeffrey Taylor and Larry T. Hagen all…

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